A Rare Canadian Long & Meritorious Service Pair
A Rare Canadian Army Long Service Pair - Army Long Service and Good Conduct Medal with CANADA bar, George VI, crowned profile with Indiae:IMP: Type I (Q.M.S.I. (W.O. CL. 2.) J.S. JOHNSON R.C.R.); Colonial Army Meritorious Service Medal, Elizabeth II Coinage Bust, Type I (P15092 QMSI (WO 2) J.S. JOHNSON RCR); Canadian Volunteer Service Medal; and War Medal 1939-1945. Army medals are officially impressed, dark patinas, sewn to a common cloth suspension, both with edge nicks. CVSM and WM are unnamed and unmounted. All with original ribbons, better than very fine. Accompanied by twenty-five pages with copies of his Attestation Papers, Service Records, Discharge Certificate, Department of Veterans Affairs Report and assorted research papers. Footnote: James Stanley Johnson was born in Stanley, County Durham, England on September 25, 1898. His early Public School education was at Fulham, England (beginning in 1904), eventually completing Grade 12 in London, England in 1915. With World War I in Europe underway, he enlisted with the Imperial Army in the Rifle Brigade, 5th Battalion, as an infantryman. His two and a half years' service saw him in England, France and Belgium, from January 13, 1917 to June 14, 1919. At one point, he was wounded, suffering gun shot wounds to his left shoulder, neck and right forearm. He recovered from his wounds and was awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal (which are not included here). After the war, Johnson came to Canada, where he enlisted with the Royal Montreal Regiment (Non-Permanent Active Militia) on October 17, 1920. He eventually sought permanent employment with the Army, signing his Permanent Force of Canada Attestation Paper with the Royal Canadian Regiment at Montreal, Quebec on March 15, 1922, at the age of 23 (PF15092), naming his next-of-kin as his father, Company Quartermaster Sergeant William Charles Johnson, King's Own Royal Lancaster Regiment in England, stating that he had 2 years and 153 days previous service with the British Expeditionary Force Rifle Brigade, 5th Battalion, that he was a British subject, that he was single and that his trade was that of Steamfitter. He was assigned to "D" Company for the next sixteen months, at which point he was transferred to "C" Company on July 23, 1923. Six months later, he was married, taking Jennie Cameron as his wife, marrying at London, Ontario on January 30, 1924. They were later to have four children: Mary Elizabeth, Jennie Louise, Irene and William Charles. Johnson saw a number of advancements in rank while with the RCR: Lance Corporal (January 2, 1925), Corporal (September 1, 1926), Acting Sergeant (January 1, 1927), Acting Sergeant Instructor and posted to Instructor Cadre (Infantry) on probation for one year and detailed for duty to No. 1 Military District (May 1, 1927), Sergeant (January 1, 1928), Warrant Officer, 2nd Class with appointment of C.S.M. Instructor (May 1, 1931, at which point he was transferred to No. 3 Military District) and Quartermaster Sergeant Instructor (May 1, 1934). He re-engaged for service four times with the Royal Canadian Regiment at London, Ontario on the March 15th anniversary (in 1925, 1931, 1934, 1937). Johnson was awarded one Good Conduct Badge on May 27, 1923, achieved a 1st Class Army Certificate of Education (equivalent) Part II in 1931 and had his service with the BEF Imperial Forces, Rifle Brigade credited towards his pension. In 1938, he passed two critical instructional courses, in Mortar Training at CSAS, Camp Borden and in Bren Gun. His instructional abilities and character as an instructor were never in question as it was noted in his records that his "Education above the average, industrious and especially interested in office work, sober and reliable" (1930) and that he was a "very good infantry instructor, trustworthy, sober and hard working - is inclined to be stubborn and resent correction" (1931). He served eighteen years as a Permanent Force soldier (infantryman and non-commissioned officer) and was awarded the Army Long Service and Good Conduct Medal with CANADA Bar on July 15, 1938 while with the Royal Canadian Regiment. Upon the outbreak of World War II, he re-attested for service with the Royal Canadian Regiment, as part of the Canadian Active Service Force, signing his CASF Attestation Paper on September 1, 1939 in Kingston, Ontario, naming his next-of-kin as his wife, Jennie Johnson, stating his previous military service with the BEF and the RCR, that he was married and that his trade was that of Fitter. Johnson served at home during the war as an infantryman instructor at a number of bases in Canada, including Peterborough, Kingston, Camp Borden (Ontario) and Windsor (Nova Scotia). He saw five promotions in rank, including Acting Sergeant-Major Instructor (January 1, 1941), Temporary Lieutenant (July 31, 1941, which was moved up to the 12th), Military Skills Instructor, Warrant Officer Second Class (August 11, 1941), Acting Captain (October 5, 1943) and Captain (May 29, 1944), serving a total of 73 months in Canada. After the conclusion of hostilities, Johnson was being positioned for retirement. In his Department of Veterans Affairs Report, dated September 29, 1945 at Kingston, it was noted that Johnson was "Fit for light sedentary type of work only, by reason of kidney condition and general physique." It went on to state that "This 47 year old man of fair physique for his years and quiet serious manner, impresses as steady, thoughtful and dependable. Prior to enlistment he was a permanent force soldier for 18 years. He also had 2 1/2 years service with the British Army in the last War. He came to Canada after the last war and was employed as a fitter for 2 years. Now that he is retiring he wishes to take inside work of a light nature. A job as a commissionaire would suit him very well and he is suited to such work." He was discharged in consequence of RO 4585 Para. 6 (a) as amended, at No. 3 District Depot in Kingston, on February 22, 1946 and retired to pension, at the rank of Captain, his conduct and character while in the service noted as "Exemplary". For his WWII home service, he was awarded the Canadian Volunteer Service Medal and the War Medal 1939-1945 and entitled to the wear the War Service Badge, number 729053. Johnson was awarded his Colonial Army Meritorious Service Medal on February 7, 1955 and died on June 5, 1969, at the age of 70.